Battle For The Palace Theatre Not Over
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Battle For The Palace Theatre Not Over

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Minister of Planning Matthew Guy’s decision, fuelled by the campaign to save live music, was also based on the fact that the proposed 72.25 metre-high tower was too high for the area at the top of Bourke Street in the City.

The Save The Palace Theatre group, which spearheaded the campaign, at the time warned that the battle was not over for the venue. It reiterated that the Government needed to place heritage protection on the building.

Now the owner Jinshan Investments has lodged new scaled-down plans with Melbourne Council. The new design calls for 15 levels, not 30, with a 200-room hotel and a multi-level basement. The plan for the apartments is dropped. But it still involves scrapping the venue.

Save The Palace Theatre points out, “The application is small enough to go straight to Council without Ministerial approval needed. It may well be an attempt to knock The Palace down within height limits. We are investigating and will provide further information as soon as possible.”

The group also posted a breakdown on the Palace Theatre’s clientele. The largest proportion (4.48%) comes from the CBD. Mordialloc is second with 3.9%, followed by Frankston (3.67%), Richmond (3.3%), Box Hill (3.27%), Cheltenham (3,19%), Black Rock (2,78%), Glen Waverly (2.76%), South Yarra (2.42%), Edithvale (2.42%), Bentleigh (2.42%), Prahran (2.40%), Moorabbin (2.36%), Dingley (2.18%) and Brunswick rounding off the Top 15 with 2.06%.